September 15, 2008
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Accepting Theme Submissions Until Friday 9/19
Committee Also Launches First-of-Its-Kind 50-State Bilingual Voter Registration Effort Online

SAN FRANCISCO - 15 September 2008 The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) announced today that theme submissions for the 39th Annual Pride Celebration & Parade are being accepted until Noon on Friday, September 19.

Theme suggestions can be submitted by email to theme [at] sfpride.org or by regular post to:

SF LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
ATTN: Theme 2009
1800 Market St., PMB #5
San Francisco, CA 94102

All submissions must be received prior to Friday, September 19th at Noon PST to be considered.

The Pride Committee also announced a new 50-state non-partisan voter registration initiative through their website at sfpride.org.  The Pride Committee's announcement marks what is believed to be the first such year-round voter registration initiative conducted by an LGBT Pride organization.  While many Pride events throughout the country including San Francisco Pride have offered voter registration at their annual events, San Francisco Pride's initiative is reaching out to LGBT people and allies throughout the 50 states on a year-round basis.  The Pride Committee's bilingual English/Spanish voter registration guide provides access to voter registration materials and information about voter eligibility requirements for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and voters living abroad.

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Executive Director Lindsey Jones said:

 "The Pride Movement from its inception has been about connecting LGBT people with each other in order to realize our political potential.  Educating voters about how to register to vote, whatever their political perspective, is a basic but fundamental step toward empowering LGBT people and our allies to be more engaged in the democratic process.  We need more --not fewer-- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people engaging in the political process."

The 2009 theme will be selected from a list by the General Membership of the Pride Celebration Committee on Sunday, September 21, 2008.  Last year's theme, "United by Pride, Bound for Equality," reflected the membership's interest in a more politically engaged tone for the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.  For more information, go to sfpride.org.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride Movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.4 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade:
Next year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 18 entertainment stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. For more information visit SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Office (415) 864-0831
Email:
brendanb [at] sfpride.org

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831   Fax (415) 864-5889